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Mata'Zamo, Almost Africa, Bed & Barn, 900 acres w/trails. $250 a night and up.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Wide open floor plan, secluded cliffside setting, upper deck & screened porch

Our ranch’s most remote “Far Afield” house, Mata’zamo is spacious both inside and out!

We’ve been waiting over twenty years to buy Mata’zamo, and you’ll see why before you even get to the end of the 1.1 mile driveway!

Mata’zamo, Swahili for ‘ up high and far afield’ is completely surrounded by our ranch, is in our low-intensity use area, and close to some of our favorite trails and sunset spots. This means we have a place where you can truly get away from it all, surrounded by wildflower and grassy fields, perched on the edge of a cliff giving you a miles-wide vantage point over the edge of Texas Hill Country.

All to yourself!

We completely restored the house to make it energy efficient (spelled C-O-O-L in our Texas summers!) and added an upstairs deck that catches great cross breezes, overlooks the cliffs and faces west. A great place to watch sunsets, clouds and stars! At Mata’zamo you’ll find:

• A total of 1600 sq feet of living space (including the porches and decks) on two levels.

• Beds for 8 – 1 queen and 1 trundle bed (2 singles) upstairs, 2 sets of bunk beds downstairs.

• Dishes for 12, nicely equipped 'slow food' kitchen for cooking, preparing meals. We left out the microwave and dishwasher on purpose!

• An outdoor gas grill, with propane.

• Indoor and porch tables easily seat 4-6 people each.

• An open floor plan- there are only 4 inside doors, two to the bathrooms, 1 to the kid’s bedroom (w/ 4 bunk beds) and 1 to the screened-in porch.

• The upstairs (with the queen and trundle beds in the open loft) has a half-bath, opens onto the deck, looks out onto the downstairs living area, no doors!

• The full bath with walk in shower room has all of the closets (so no need to lug your bags upstairs!) and laundry room.

• We are pet and horse friendly. The adjacent 3 stall horse barn, 2 pens and a pasture are right out the door, along with miles of trails, but it’s bring your own horse! Well behaved and trained dogs that won’t harass the wildlife or livestock are welcome, there is no fenced in area for dogs.

• High speed internet is available, but we purposefully did not put any TVs in! We did include games and books about our local nature.

We welcome you in a way that feels like home away from home, you'll find familiar touches from your own kitchen, including tea, coffee, spices, paper towers, plastic bags - the basics, and maybe new things to try.

To encourage family time and taking it slow, there is no microwave or dishwasher!

One of our team members will meet you at our High Hope gathering area (near our main entrance), lead you to Mata’zamo, and get you oriented on our trail maps.

If you are bringing your horses, we’ll also match your horses to our trails so you’ll be safe and happy!

We doubt you’ll want to leave, but if you do, we have a detailed list of local restaurants, can help you set up tours at Fossil Rim, and have information on other local attractions (we wouldn’t want you to miss Fossil Rim, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose’s new Riverwalk and Big Rocks Park, shopping the Square’s antique stores, galleries, clothing stores, weekend farmer’s market and pie shop (plan ahead and order gluten free!!!).

Our ranch has been managed organically and holistically for over twenty years, we keep our houses as non-toxic as possible, too.

It is easy to get lost at Mata’zamo, lost in thought, lost in time, lost from stress and the city life!

All of this and just 90 minutes south of the Dallas-Ft Worth area! We invite you to stay at Mata’zamo, it’s the best cure we know for nature deficit disorder!!!

NOTE: Please let us know how many adults, kids, dogs (and if they are crated or uncrated) will be with you, and if you'll be bringing horses, so we can send an accurate quote!!!! The quote will show the refundable security deposit, which will be billed separately if you would prefer. If you are still reading, please ask for the reader's discount!!!

More Details

Property Manager
Sandra Skrei
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About Sandra Skrei

We have a team of people taking care or our guests! Three of us, who all live on the ranch, Krystyna, Chandler and Sandy, all have historical ties to Fossil Rim, which you will see reflected in the Fossil Rim and Africa inspired décor of Mata'zamo!

Sandra Skrei purchased this house in 2012

Why Sandra Skrei chose Texas Lakes

We bought this property because it was our last inholding, and is on one of the spots with the best views in Somervell County!

What makes this house unique

You can sit on our upper deck and feel like you can see forever, or at least to Stephenville! Since it is at the end of the road, you have no neighbors. Unless you happen across another guest hiking a trail, chances are you won't see anyone else while you are here!


Glen Rose House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Half Bathroom -
  • The downstairs bath has a yummy walk in shower, ALL of the closets and the laundry room!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , single is a trundle bed
    Bedroom 2 - 4 twin/ single , 2 sets of bunk beds
  • We have one small bedroom downstairs with two sets of bunkbeds (4 beds). Our roomy, upstairs loft master bedroom opens up onto the upper deck, and has a queen bed and a trundle bed that converts to two single beds. It has a half-bath. It is an open loft with no doors except into the half bath, and just the outside walls.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Mata'Zamo, Almost Africa, Bed & Barn, 900 acres w/trails. $250 a night and up.
average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews

Amazing views & hikes!

  • 5 of 5

This renovated barn style house is amazing. Beautiful views from the 2nd floor deck. So many hiking trails on the property you really don't need to go offsite. The views from Sunset Cliff is stunning. Goat Cave hike is amazing and Stone Circle are just gorgeous. Our kids loved running around and exploring. The pics of this place do not do it justice at all. The house was very accommodating and well thought out. We ate all of our meals out on the screened in porch. We saw deer in the morning, so many cardinals and heard the wolves from Fossil Rim at night it was fun. This property backs up to Fossil Rim. I enjoyed walking over and having my coffee at Peace and Light circle every morning. We will be coming back for sure. The kids keep asking if we can go every weekend. Plus our host Sandy was so kind and super knowledgeable. My 6 yr old son bombarded her with questions about every rock/fossil that he found and she happily answered and encouraged. She also invited my kids to come back at super to feed the goats (a highlight). Thank you for everything. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am with your kids, wanting to come back every weekend!!!! Glad it was a good experience for you!!! Happy too that you find our 'Paz y Luz' spot for a sweet morning coffee!
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We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful! Great hiking and perfect for a weekend get away or extended stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to enjoy solitude, family time and plenty of hiking in close proximity to Dallas, TX

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights between Xmas and New Year. The house is very private and overlooks a limestone ledge. If you are a naturalist, this is definitely your place. There are miles of private hiking, multiple places to meditate or simply read a book, many opportunities to see wildlife and even some fossils to be found. Sandra was very accomodating, and the house is well-kept. We will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the apt description of our Mata'Zamo guest house. It is amazing how much more you can experience the ranch and the area when you get to stay three nights, isn't it! Hope to see you all back soon, indeed!
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Owning a business, working a full time job, chasing a toddler and living in the middle of downtown Dallas can make someone crunchy so when we decided to close our restaurant and take a few days off for our little one's fourth birthday and Thanksgiving, we started looking for a quiet little getaway. Who knew that just an hour and a half outside of Dallas, Mata'Zamo and High Hope Ranch was waiting for us! This place is amazing and exactly what we needed! The house and the ranch are beautiful, Sandy and Chandler were lovely hostesses and we got to escape our busy lifestyle and relax in this special place they have chosen to share with the rest of the world. Minutes from all things dinosaurs and with plenty of space to run and play, our little one loved it and we enjoyed the peace and quiet, the views and the hiking trails. It really has something for everyone! We will definitely be back, sooner than later!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

Sandy was really helpful! Super easy check in and out process and the house is so gorgeous and clean. Couldn't have asked for a better experience for a nice weekend away

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay. Way too short.

  • 5 of 5

The property is clean, well mantained, and it has everything you may need. Just bring your tooth paste and brush!!

Beautiful views. Secluded. Private.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Glen Rose House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

We have three indoor stalls, two small pastures, two medium pastures, water and electricity at Mata'zamo for your horses and other hoofed stock you may travel with.

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